“Friends in Deed” tells the story of the US–Nicaragua sister-cities movement, which grew dramatically during the 1980s. These images document the exchanges and interactions of citizens from my home state of Wisconsin and the country of Nicaragua. The two have shared an historic and active link as official sister states since the 1960s. The photographs, results of frequent trips between Wisconsin and Nicaragua, record the many layers of interaction between the United States and Nicaragua, focusing especially on relationships between ordinary citizens and the tone of daily life in Nicaragua during this period in history. These photographs have been published and exhibited widely, and were used to illustrate the Nicaragua section of Rand McNally’s A to Z World Atlas, first published in 1997.
“I was inspired by the personal experiences of everyday US and Nicaraguan citizens working to create a better world.”